The Yankees don’t have a definite plan for Andy Pettitte continued rehab from a strained groin. They have only the basic outline of a plan, and a rough idea of when he might be back. “You’re talking about a couple of weeks,” Joe Girardi said.
Right now, the plan is for Pettitte to rest for a few days and play catch early next week, probably on Tuesday. He will then need to throw some sort of side session, either a bullpen or a simulated game. It’s possible he’ll need a bullpen and a simulated game. A rehab start would come next.
“Patience has to takeover for a few days,” Girardi said. “We’ll see where he’s at in probably three or four days, then we should have a better idea of a timetable… When there’s inactivity, and you’re resting, and you’re not doing a lot, and you’re not stressing any area, of course it’s going to feel better. But until you actually go through what you have to go though, you’re not going to have good idea whether you’re ahead of schedule or not.”
Pettitte said the trainers have told him he might have pushed a little too hard during those days in New York. He was running a lot to build stamina, and that might have been slightly more than he needed. That said, he feels good today.
“I just didn’t feel real comfortable (yesterday),” he said. “I didn’t feel that I could really completely push when I wanted to. I also feel like, if I pushed it too hard yesterday, that I would be really sore today, but I’m not. I don’t know if I’m scared to push, and I should push. I want them to check me out and test my strength in there and see what maybe we should do. I don’t want to shut it down if I don’t need to shut it down for a few days.”
• After his hitless two innings yesterday, Alfredo Aceves will make another rehab start on Tuesday. He’s throw three innings or 30 pitches. “This is really spring training for him,” Girardi said. “I don’t think we really need to build him up beyond 40 pitches, but it might be a situation where he gets another one after that, where he only gets a day or two days off.”
• Damaso Marte is scheduled to throw off a half mound tomorrow.
• Girardi said he feels comfortable using Kerry Wood in back-to-back games down. He didn’t want to do that initially.
• Just a standard half day of rest for Alex Rodriguez. Girardi said he’ll have to give Derek Jeter a day to rest — either a DH day or a full day — some time soon.
• Just making small talk with Ramiro Pena pregame, he said he was planning to run on the pitch when he was nearly picked off last night. I told him it seemed Royals shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt misplayed the rundown — I thought he came way too far off the bag — but Pena said Betancourt played it correctly, it was just a late throw that let him slide in safe. It was clearly either a late throw or bad positioning. I thought it was the later. Pena said otherwise, and he knows a lot more about playing shortstop than I do.
• This has nothing to do with the game, it was just a funny moment: Just as Girardi’s session with the media was wrapping up, his cell phone rang and Girardi said he needed to take it. His kids were back home arguing about who should sit in the front seat, and the manager of the New York Yankees had to play moderator. Pretty cool.
UPDATE, 6:17 p.m.: Royals lineup
Gregor Blanco CF
Jason Kendall C
Billy Butler 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Alex Gordon LF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Mitch Maier RF
Chris Getz 2B
Associated Press photos of Pettitte and Rodriguez